Make a difference: Support jazz online

Support All About Jazz Your friends at All About Jazz are looking for readers to help back our website upgrade project. Of critical importance, this project will result in a vastly improved design across all devices and will make future All About Jazz projects much easier to implement. Click here to learn more about this project including donation rewards.

Articles | Featured | Future

Binge Worthy

Read "Binge Worthy" reviewed by

If you are, like me, a card-carrying member of Generation X, we probably have more than a few things in common. We went through our slacker phase and our grunge phase, likely both at the same time. We probably still crush on Winona Ryder in Stranger Things as much as we did back in her Heathers days. And we likely were raised sitting in front of the TV. It's okay to admit it. We're past the days when ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Dorf: Lux

Read "Lux" reviewed by

Imagine the marriage of minimal, ambient-drone, industrial noise, and a chamber ensemble. The combination doesn't likely conjure up many musical associations, but then we have The Dorf. Founded by German saxophonist Jan Klare in 2006, the name--which roughly translates to “village"--implies something small rather than an enormous ensemble of twenty-six musicians. Like a village, members have come and gone over a dozen years and six previous albums. On Lux, The Dorf also reinvents its creative approach to something more consistent ...

MIXCLOUD

On the Road, Fellini & All That Jazz

Read "On the Road, Fellini & All That Jazz" reviewed by

The Road. A place that inspires both composing music and listening to it. In this episode of Mondo Jazz we'll focus on music about a road to Timbuktu, French, Italian and Brooklyn streets, being on the road and the road as a metaphor for a jazzist's necessary openness to the unexpected. Not to mention, jazz inspired by the soundtrack of Federico Fellini's “La Strada" [The street, in Italian]. Playlist Thievery Corporation “OGD (Road ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Vorcza at Nectar's

Read "Vorcza at Nectar's" reviewed by

Vorcza Nectar's Burlington, VT January 13, 2018 Vorcza brought its earthy elegance to Nectar's early this new year in what hopefully constitutes a harbinger of more frequent appearances to come in 2018. The stage once inhabited so regularly by Phish can seem uncomfortably cramped for some bands, but from a particular vantage point this frosty night inside the Burlington club, it appeared expressly designed for the trio. In a metaphor for the ease ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tiger Trio: Unleashed

Read "Unleashed" reviewed by

Three leading exponents of their instruments unite on Unleashed. Since their first collaboration in Vancouver in 2009, French bassist Joëlle Léandre and American flutist Nicole Mitchell have enjoyed a simpatico outlook, as evidenced by a clutch of Rogue Art releases including Before After (2011) and Sisters Where (2014), as well as Flowing Stream (Leo, 2014). Joining them on this occasion, pianist Myra Melford fully buys in to the freewheeling collective approach aired in a Paris gallery in early 2016.

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Miguel Angelo: I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert

Read "I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert" reviewed by

Miguel Angelo is a Portuguese bassist whose main occupation is keeping the beat going for other musicians in various groups. If playing in bands is his “bread and butter" job, then it follows that a solo bass recording would be his “dessert."For most of this effort, Angelo plucks and bows with a deep, resonant tone that has little embellishment. He presents a rich and profound pizzicato sound on pieces such as “I have a dream," “Never and never ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Rossano Sportiello Trio at The Jazz Corner

Read "Rossano Sportiello Trio at The Jazz Corner" reviewed by

Rossano Sportiello Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC December 22, 2017 Rossano Sportiello from Milan showed the elegance and deft touch of a concert pianist Friday, December 22nd at the Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island. He plays softly, modulating the volume only when the piece demanded to define a statement. Sportiello is known for the powerful bouncing left hand stride piano style and played a rousing version of the ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

NICOLE JO: 20

Read "20" reviewed by

A most versatile and hard-working musician, Nicole Johänntgen can be heard in a variety of ensembles, embracing elements of India and the Middle East in her ethno-jazz quartet, adopting a contemporary approach to New Orleans jazz as witnessed on the marvellous Henry (Self-Produced, 2017) or tearing it up with guitarist/vocalist Peter Finc in a duo that fuses the languages of pop, rock, jazz, blues and soul to thrilling effect. The German alto saxophonist's longest-standing band, however, is the quartet NICOLE ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stick Men featuring Mel Collins: Roppongi

Read "Roppongi" reviewed by

Stick Men is a long standing offshoot group from the iconic progressive rock band King Crimson. Founded in 2007 by drummer Pat Mastelotto and Chapman Stick players Tony Levin and Michael Bernier, it took its name from the unusual instrumentation of two Stick players. Mastelotto recently joked that if they knew it would go on so long, they would have thought of a better name. Since touch guitarist Markus Reuter replaced Bernier they have continued to compose new material, also ...